Sandra A. Forbes

Partner

Sandra A. Forbes

Sandra A. Forbes

Partner

Clients trust Sandra to provide creative advice and consider her to be an “extremely effective litigator” who is “always impressive.”
Legal 500 Canada 2018

Sandra specializes in corporate, class action, securities and competition litigation. A significant portion of her practice involves defending clients in national and cross-border class actions. Sandra acts for clients before all levels of court and various administrative tribunals, including the Competition Tribunal, in Canada.

Known to be hard-working and dedicated, Sandra achieves successful results for clients on diverse issues, including class actions alleging anti-competitive conduct or collusion, and competition matters such as abuse of dominance. One client describes her as “stellar. She gives strong arguments in court, is extremely well known and well trusted in the community in Canada.” (Chambers Canada 2017)

Sandra is a regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and former president of the Advocates’ Society. She is also a member of our firm’s Management Committee.

Sandra A. Forbes

Partner

Clients trust Sandra to provide creative advice and consider her to be an “extremely effective litigator” who is “always impressive.”
Legal 500 Canada 2018

Sandra specializes in corporate, class action, securities and competition litigation. A significant portion of her practice involves defending clients in national and cross-border class actions. Sandra acts for clients before all levels of court and various administrative tribunals, including the Competition Tribunal, in Canada.

Known to be hard-working and dedicated, Sandra achieves successful results for clients on diverse issues, including class actions alleging anti-competitive conduct or collusion, and competition matters such as abuse of dominance. One client describes her as “stellar. She gives strong arguments in court, is extremely well known and well trusted in the community in Canada.” (Chambers Canada 2017)

Sandra is a regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and former president of the Advocates’ Society. She is also a member of our firm’s Management Committee.

Denso Corporation

Acting for Denso Corporation (and related entities) in its defence of dozens of class actions commenced across Canada alleging anti-competitive conduct in respect of the sale of various automotive parts, including contested certification proceedings and with respect to cross-border issues arising out of parallel U.S. class actions.

LG Chem America, Inc.

Acting for LG Chem America, Inc. in its defence of multiple class actions commenced across Canada alleging anti-competitive behaviour in the market for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, including contested certification proceedings before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal.

Canadian Real Estate Association

Acting for the Canadian Real Estate Association, an intervenor in proceedings brought by the Commissioner of Competition against the Toronto Real Estate Board, including a hearing and rehearing before the Competition Tribunal in 2012 and 2015, and an appeal currently pending before the Federal Court of Appeal. Issues include privacy rights of consumers, copyright protection in property information databases and whether certain rules on the display of certain property information on portions of an internet website amounted to abuse of dominance.

Hearing Panel of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board

Acted as counsel to the Hearing Panel of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board in the proceeding which determined whether Soliris, a break-through medicine, is excessively priced.

General Motors Financial

Acting for General Motors Financial in defending a class action claiming damages resulting from an alleged privacy breach concerning customer information.

LG Electronics

Acting for LG Electronics and its Canadian and U.S. subsidiaries in multiple class actions commenced across Canada. The class actions allege that LG and a number of other electronics companies engaged in a price-fixing conspiracy in connection with the sale of optical disk drives and products containing them, and included a certification motion in the British Columbia Supreme Court and subsequent appeal in the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Mars, Incorporated

Acted for Mars Canada in defence of criminal proceedings under the Competition Act alleging charges of price-fixing of chocolate confectionery products in Canada and in follow on class actions commenced across Canada.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Acted as co-counsel for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in respect of trademark claims and antitrust defences against certain provincial Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant institutes in Federal Court.

Beaverbrook (U.K.) Foundation

Acted for the Beaverbrook (U.K.) Foundation in closely watched trial and appellate arbitration proceedings that were held in public in New Brunswick concerning the ownership of numerous valuable works of art acquired by the Beaverbrook (U.K.) Foundation between 1954 and 1965 that are currently housed at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton. This case was the subject of extensive media coverage throughout Canada, including a lengthy book written by a reporter from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Agricore United

Acted for Agricore United in a proceeding brought by the Commissioner of Competition before the Competition Tribunal arising out of the acquisition by United Grain Growers of Agricore Cooperative.

Speaking Engagement

Co-chair, Law Society of Ontario, “12 Minute Civil Litigator”; Toronto, ON; Annual

Sept. 18, 2018

Speaking Engagement

The Advocates’ Society, The Resilient Litigator, “Dealing with Difficult People – Practical Tips and Strategies”; Toronto, ON

July 19, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Chair, The American College of Trial Lawyers and The Advocates’ Society, “Spring Symposium 2018 – The Advocate Matters”; Toronto, ON

Apr. 25, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Co-chair, The Law Society of Upper Canada, “12 Minute Civil Litigator”; Toronto, ON; Annual

Sept. 14, 2017

Speaking Engagement

The Advocates’ Society, Competition Law For Advocates, “Advocacy in Civil Competition Matters”; Toronto, ON

Apr. 25, 2017

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, UJA Federation/CIJA, Combating Hate Speech and Antisemitism – Legal Perspectives, “Panel Discussion on Law Society Statement of Principles”; Toronto, ON

Feb. 13, 2017

Speaking Engagement

The Advocates’ Society, Interviewing Skills: Gathering The Best Evidence For Your Case, “Evidentiary, Ethical and Other Legal Considerations”; Toronto, ON

Nov. 04, 2016

Speaking Engagement

Co-chair, The Law Society of Upper Canada, “The Twelve-Minute Civil Litigator”; Toronto, ON; Annual

Sept. 15, 2016

American College of Trial Lawyers—Fellow and Regent

International Academy of Trial Lawyers—Fellow

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Competition/Antitrust: Litigators (Band 1)

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Competition/Antitrust: Litigators (Band 1); Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence); Litigation, General Commercial: Ontario

GCR 100 Canada: A Guide to the World’s Leading Competition Law and Economics Practices—Competition and Foreign Investment Review

The Legal 500 Canada—Competition and Antitrust (Leading Lawyer); Dispute Resolution: Ontario (Leading Lawyer)

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Class Actions; Competition Law; Litigation: Corporate Commercial

Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Dispute Resolution

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Class Actions (Most Frequently Recommended); Competition Law (Most Frequently Recommended); Litigation: Corporate Commercial (Most Frequently Recommended); Litigation: Directors’ & Officers’ Liability; Litigation: Public Law; Litigation: Securities

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Class Action Litigation; Competition/Antitrust Law; Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Director and Officer Liability Practice

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Commercial Litigation; Who’s Who Legal: Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Litigation

Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law; Expert Guides—Competition and Antitrust

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1992

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 1990
Clerk, The Honourable Mr. Justice Peter Cory, Supreme Court of Canada

Professional Affiliations

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow and Regent
International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
The Advocates’ Society

Board Memberships

Ontario Reports, Editorial Board
Toronto Summer Music Festival, director

Teaching Engagements

Sandra is an adjunct professor in advanced advocacy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a frequent participant in education programs for lawyers on a variety of advocacy issues.

Clients trust Sandra to provide creative advice and consider her to be an “extremely effective litigator” who is “always impressive.”
Legal 500 Canada 2018

Sandra specializes in corporate, class action, securities and competition litigation. A significant portion of her practice involves defending clients in national and cross-border class actions. Sandra acts for clients before all levels of court and various administrative tribunals, including the Competition Tribunal, in Canada.

Known to be hard-working and dedicated, Sandra achieves successful results for clients on diverse issues, including class actions alleging anti-competitive conduct or collusion, and competition matters such as abuse of dominance. One client describes her as “stellar. She gives strong arguments in court, is extremely well known and well trusted in the community in Canada.” (Chambers Canada 2017)

Sandra is a regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and former president of the Advocates’ Society. She is also a member of our firm’s Management Committee.

Denso Corporation

Acting for Denso Corporation (and related entities) in its defence of dozens of class actions commenced across Canada alleging anti-competitive conduct in respect of the sale of various automotive parts, including contested certification proceedings and with respect to cross-border issues arising out of parallel U.S. class actions.

LG Chem America, Inc.

Acting for LG Chem America, Inc. in its defence of multiple class actions commenced across Canada alleging anti-competitive behaviour in the market for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, including contested certification proceedings before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal.

Canadian Real Estate Association

Acting for the Canadian Real Estate Association, an intervenor in proceedings brought by the Commissioner of Competition against the Toronto Real Estate Board, including a hearing and rehearing before the Competition Tribunal in 2012 and 2015, and an appeal currently pending before the Federal Court of Appeal. Issues include privacy rights of consumers, copyright protection in property information databases and whether certain rules on the display of certain property information on portions of an internet website amounted to abuse of dominance.

Hearing Panel of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board

Acted as counsel to the Hearing Panel of the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board in the proceeding which determined whether Soliris, a break-through medicine, is excessively priced.

General Motors Financial

Acting for General Motors Financial in defending a class action claiming damages resulting from an alleged privacy breach concerning customer information.

LG Electronics

Acting for LG Electronics and its Canadian and U.S. subsidiaries in multiple class actions commenced across Canada. The class actions allege that LG and a number of other electronics companies engaged in a price-fixing conspiracy in connection with the sale of optical disk drives and products containing them, and included a certification motion in the British Columbia Supreme Court and subsequent appeal in the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Mars, Incorporated

Acted for Mars Canada in defence of criminal proceedings under the Competition Act alleging charges of price-fixing of chocolate confectionery products in Canada and in follow on class actions commenced across Canada.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Acted as co-counsel for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in respect of trademark claims and antitrust defences against certain provincial Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant institutes in Federal Court.

Beaverbrook (U.K.) Foundation

Acted for the Beaverbrook (U.K.) Foundation in closely watched trial and appellate arbitration proceedings that were held in public in New Brunswick concerning the ownership of numerous valuable works of art acquired by the Beaverbrook (U.K.) Foundation between 1954 and 1965 that are currently housed at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton. This case was the subject of extensive media coverage throughout Canada, including a lengthy book written by a reporter from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Agricore United

Acted for Agricore United in a proceeding brought by the Commissioner of Competition before the Competition Tribunal arising out of the acquisition by United Grain Growers of Agricore Cooperative.

Speaking Engagement

Co-chair, Law Society of Ontario, “12 Minute Civil Litigator”; Toronto, ON; Annual

Sept. 18, 2018

Speaking Engagement

The Advocates’ Society, The Resilient Litigator, “Dealing with Difficult People – Practical Tips and Strategies”; Toronto, ON

July 19, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Chair, The American College of Trial Lawyers and The Advocates’ Society, “Spring Symposium 2018 – The Advocate Matters”; Toronto, ON

Apr. 25, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Co-chair, The Law Society of Upper Canada, “12 Minute Civil Litigator”; Toronto, ON; Annual

Sept. 14, 2017

Speaking Engagement

The Advocates’ Society, Competition Law For Advocates, “Advocacy in Civil Competition Matters”; Toronto, ON

Apr. 25, 2017

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, UJA Federation/CIJA, Combating Hate Speech and Antisemitism – Legal Perspectives, “Panel Discussion on Law Society Statement of Principles”; Toronto, ON

Feb. 13, 2017

Speaking Engagement

The Advocates’ Society, Interviewing Skills: Gathering The Best Evidence For Your Case, “Evidentiary, Ethical and Other Legal Considerations”; Toronto, ON

Nov. 04, 2016

Speaking Engagement

Co-chair, The Law Society of Upper Canada, “The Twelve-Minute Civil Litigator”; Toronto, ON; Annual

Sept. 15, 2016

American College of Trial Lawyers—Fellow and Regent

International Academy of Trial Lawyers—Fellow

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Competition/Antitrust: Litigators (Band 1)

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Competition/Antitrust: Litigators (Band 1); Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence); Litigation, General Commercial: Ontario

GCR 100 Canada: A Guide to the World’s Leading Competition Law and Economics Practices—Competition and Foreign Investment Review

The Legal 500 Canada—Competition and Antitrust (Leading Lawyer); Dispute Resolution: Ontario (Leading Lawyer)

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Class Actions; Competition Law; Litigation: Corporate Commercial

Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada—Dispute Resolution

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Class Actions (Most Frequently Recommended); Competition Law (Most Frequently Recommended); Litigation: Corporate Commercial (Most Frequently Recommended); Litigation: Directors’ & Officers’ Liability; Litigation: Public Law; Litigation: Securities

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Class Action Litigation; Competition/Antitrust Law; Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Director and Officer Liability Practice

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Competition; Commercial Litigation; Who’s Who Legal: Competition; Who’s Who Legal: Litigation

Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law; Expert Guides—Competition and Antitrust

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1992

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 1990
Clerk, The Honourable Mr. Justice Peter Cory, Supreme Court of Canada

Professional Affiliations

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow and Regent
International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
The Advocates’ Society

Board Memberships

Ontario Reports, Editorial Board
Toronto Summer Music Festival, director

Teaching Engagements

Sandra is an adjunct professor in advanced advocacy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a frequent participant in education programs for lawyers on a variety of advocacy issues.